Ahead of the Ayodhya land dispute hearing in the Apex Court on Wednesday, former Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar spoke exclusively to Republic TV and suggested that "If India can meditate and get a breakthrough by conversation" then it will be "good for the country". Speaking to Republic TV's Rhythm Anand Bhardwaj, former CJI of India said:
"It is a great opportunity for the country to show to the world that there can be a mediation even between religious communities. That is all that I have to say. That will be good for the country. If India can meditate on religious line and get a breakthrough by conversation then there will be something to show the world that this is what India stands for. That's all that I want to say".
Meanwhile, The Supreme Court on Wednesday will have a crucial hearing on Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya to decide whether the politically sensitive case can be adjudicated through mediation. The top court on February 26 had said it would pass an order on March 6 on whether to refer the matter to a court-appointed mediator.
A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had asked the contesting parties to explore the possibility of amicably settling the decades old dispute through mediation, saying it may help in "healing relations".
Even if there is "one per cent chance" of settling the dispute amicably, the parties should go for mediation, the bench, also comprising Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, had observed.